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Pre-Holiday Cleaning

Christmas is right around the corner, and it with it comes an influx of gifts and visitors. Trying to stay on top of housework between Christmas parties and shopping trips can be daunting, much less trying to get a head start on decluttering for the coming new year. Squeezing in pre-holiday cleaning does not have to be utterly time consuming. Just a little improvement here and there is still work done, and you can see and appreciate the difference. Here are some tips for pre-holiday cleaning:

  • Don’t skip over the big items. It’s easy to pass right over the large appliances or pieces of furniture during your assessment, but that doesn’t make them more necessary than smaller bits of clutter. Take a second look at hot tubs, old decks, broken appliances, and old couches, and decide if you really need them. Removing a large item can make a huge aesthetic difference very quickly.
  • Think about what new gifts are heading into your home. If you know that some things are being replaced, don’t wait until Santa drops them off to get rid of the old model. If you don’t absolutely need it, and you know you are getting another, go ahead and make room.
  • Build decluttering into your schedule. Want to go through your wardrobe but feel you don’t have time? Commit to looking through 5 items of clothing as you are getting dressed in the morning. Anything you don’t want, add to a pile. The pressure of adhering to your morning schedule will help you decide if you really need that sweater.
  • Focus on the areas of the house you spend the most time in. Making changes in your kitchen or living room will help you feel accomplished and successful, which will encourage you to continue decluttering.

For the ultimate speed and efficiency, call Junk King. We do all the heavy lifting for you, whether the items you need removed are small boxes or larger items like hot tubs, decks, or couches. In fact, with Junk King,  you don’t even have to gather the items up. We will go room by room and take what you point to. Junk King removes junk from homes, offices, storage spaces, buildings, and outdoor spaces. Call now or book online to get your free estimate!

 

DIY Cleaners

Cleaning is an important part of home ownership. No one likes living in a dirty home, but have you ever felt unsure about using strange chemicals in your home? Junk King Austin has some tips for DIY cleaners:

Glass: 
Mix 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a 24 oz spray bottle; shake slightly to combine.

Kitchen: 
In a bowl, combine ¼ cup natural dish soap, ¼ cup baking soda, 5 drops cloves essential oil, and about 3 drops of water. Use as a heavy scrub; works well with the rough side of the double-sided sponge. Wipe up with wet cloth.

Bathroom: 
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine ¼ cup white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Heat for 45 seconds. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto shower surface. Let sit for 4 minutes and wipe clean.

All-Purpose: 
Into a 24 ounce spray bottle combine ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup vodka, 10 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops lemon essential oil, 1 1/2 cups water. Shake well. Spray and let sit for 10 minutes before wiping up with a cloth. To be used as a disinfectant.

Hardwood Floors: 
In a 2 gallon bucket mix ½ cup white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water, and 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Dip mop head in bucket and ring out. Use on floors.

Junk King Austin is always ready to help you clean out your home, office, building, or outdoor space. We will take away anything and everything that is not hazardous waste- even large appliances like hot tubs, refrigerators, and washers and dryers. Call now or book online today to get your free estimate.

Cleaning a House For Sale

Cleaning a house in preparation for selling it is a necessary part of the sales process. A home that is dirty or cluttered will seem small and overcrowded. Junk-King Austin has some tips for those preparing a house to go on the market.

  • Start in the storage spaces of the house – the basement, garage, and attic. These areas can oftentimes be improved quickly and the momentum gained from those spaces can help you move through the rest of the house.
  • If you are a Realtor with a house that needs to be cleaned out, Junk-King Austin offers you a 10% discount on our already low prices!
  • The dining room, kitchen, living room, and bathrooms are the areas that receive the most attention from potential buyers. Make sure to focus heavily on those rooms.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms are the spaces where lack of cleaning and care is most obvious. Be careful when cleaning these rooms, making sure none of the cleaners are too harsh or abrasive for the surfaces.
  • When cleaning, always move from top to bottom and from left to right. This method increases the chances of noticing dirt that is often missed.
  • Make sure to clean the walls, especially if painting is not in the budget.
  • Focus on mold and mildew, attacking affected areas with bleach.

If you need help cleaning a house for sale by getting rid of clutter, unwanted furniture, or large appliances, Junk-King Austin will save you time and effort. Give us a call or book online today!